The questionnaire

The questionnaire has two parts. The first part contains a list of over 600 words and is based on the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory: Words and Sentences (New Zealand adaptation). You are asked to place a tick next to each word you've ever heard your child say. It doesn't matter how well your child says the word. For example, if your child says 'nana' when calling their grandmother, you can tick the word 'grandmother'. If your child says 'nana' when pointing to a banana, you can tick the word 'banana'. Give your child credit for any word you think they are trying to say, regardless of how they pronounce it.

It doesn't matter if your child is not talking yet or is a little chatter box, please take part! The goal of this project is to be able to accurately describe the full range of language abilities of young children in New Zealand. Your answers will help us establish national norms that will eventually be useful to early childhood educators, teachers, speech and language therapists, parents, researchers – and anyone else interested in young children's development.
The second part of the questionnaire asks for some basic information about your child's birth history and health, in addition to some questions about your family/whānau. Remember, your answers to the questions will be confidential and will help us to examine associations between characteristics of the children's language and various factors such as birth weight, prematurity, health and family factors.
How do I take part?

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